We went to three great galas, starting with one of DC's largest, The Leukemia Ball, at the Convention Center, which has raised over $52M since 1988.
The Ball raises funds to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s and myeloma, and to improve the lives of patients and their families. We snapped honored survivor, 9-year-old Vishav Chopra, with Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon flanked by his wife, Ashley Papelbon, and Vishav's father, Vikas Chopra.
LLS surpassed a $3.2M goal for 2016 at Fund the Fight. Here, JLL CEO Greg O'Brien, LLS volunteer Lynne O'Brien, their daughter Kate O'Brien, and 'Skins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan.
The Fox5 table: Tucker Barnes, Caitlin Roth, Tom Fitzgerald, Shawn Yancy, Laura Evans, Tony Perkins, and Ronica Cleary. A white carpet entrance, extravagant silent auction, lobster and filet dinner, and two Mercedes-Benz raffle giveaways added to the evening.
Over 2,000 attendees enjoyed the tunes of Barenaked Ladies and comedic performance by Kathleen Madigan.
Leumekia Ball Co-Chairs BDO CEO Wayne Berson and Baker Tilly executive managing partner Ed Offterdinger, with LLS executive director Beth Gorman, and Amgen VP Richard Paulson. The co-chairs spearheaded the Executive Committee of 50 DC execs to bring this evening to fruition.
LLS CEO Dr. Louis J. DeGennaro is with top sponsor PhRMA CEO Stephen Ubl, who said he's proud to continue their long-standing support of LLS.